Location: Bansko, Bulgaria.
Professional experience: Works as a mountain leader since 2006, both with individuals and larger organized groups, mainly English speaking.
Experience in the mountains: Very often in the mountains of Bulgaria – Rila, Pirin, Balkan mountains and the Rhodopes. Been to the mountains of Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Greece and Romania. Mont Blanc and Dufourspitze in the Alps, ski tours in Tirol, trekking in Caucasus Mountains and in the mountains around Baikal Lake in Russia. Mount Kazbek in Georgia, Mount Kinabalu on Borneo Island, Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, Indonesia, trekking in the Ladakh region of India.
Travel experience: Long distance cycling trips to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Macedonia. Been to Japan, SE Asia, India, Russia, Georgia and around Europe.
Interests: hiking, cycling, mountaineering, climbing, skiing, mountain rescue, travelling, photography.
2015 – Ski Instructor Award, “B” Class – Bulgarian Ski School (ISIA Member);
2013 – Ski Instructor Award, “А” Class – Bulgarian Ski School (ISIA Member);
2010-2011 – Summer and Winter Mountain Rescue Training Courses, member of Sofia Mountain Rescue Squad;
2009 – Course in climbing and mountaineering – Vihren Alpine Club, currently member of the club;
2009 – Mountain Bike Leader Award, Mountains and People Association;
2009 – Ski Guide Award, Mountains and People Association;
2005-2006 – Mountain Leader Award, Mountains and People Association, Certificate № 032717/2006;
2000-2004 – Bachelor degree in Bulgarian Philology, Sofia University, Bulgaria;
2001 – Driving license, active driver.
Languages: English, Russian.
Reviews for this guide:
Feeling exhilarated and energised 🙂 in the best possible way after a wonderful day snow shoe walking with Lyuben.
After reading other rave reviews I emailed before my trip to ask a ton of questions, all of which were answered promptly, fully and honestly.
Having booked the day Lyuben arrived promptly at the hotel whilst my partner headed to the slopes to ski.
Lyuben had checked info about me, stamina, fitness, health etc and had a trip planned in anticipation of my arrival.
He drove us to the next village (30 mins) and equipped with all we needed headed up the ski lift to the BezBog Hut. Gorgeous sunny but fresh day. Fitted with snow shoes Lyuben led the way paying tons of attention to how I was doing and guiding me carefully across icy patches, patiently stopping when I needed a drink!. And pointing out lots of interesting facts. he is full of really interesting information.
Didn’t think i was going to make it to the top but with his guidance – slowly but surely, I made it. Absolutely fabulous / spectacular views across 3 mountain ranges. Amazing
Headed back down for gorgeous bowl of bean soup at the Hut after walking across the middle of the frozen lake!
The day was finally rounded off by an impromptu trip to one of the thermal baths which Lyuben suggested and sorted and which was a fantastic remedy to aching limbs!
I would highly recommend Lyuben as a guide. In fact had he been free the next day I would have booked him for skiing lessons for my partner…maybe next year :-). Would most definitely book with Lyuben again. Thanks so much. Lynn
Nikole Walker, USA:
Snowshoeing at the Seven Rila Lakes – we had an amazing trip with Lyuben. He was easy to communicate with prior to the trip and was very flexible. Our snowshoe trip was beautiful and just as we expected. The huts were comfortable and welcoming. Would definitely recommend this trip.
Yannis Serafimides, Greece:
Fantastic experience, very knowledgeable and helpful guide, will definitely do it again and will recommend Lyuben to other foreign climbers interested in the unique beauty of Bulgarian mountains!
Thank you Lyuben!
Helen Micklethwaite, UK:
Hi Lyuben, I just wanted to say a huge thanks for an awesome weekend, it really was one of the best trips I’ve had so far in my life, although I still have black toes from my boots and a missing big toenail lol good times.
Tara Steward, UK:
Hey lyuben. Thanks so much for a wonderful week hiking in Bulgaria back in October 2012. We all had a superb time, your knowledge and commitment was impeccable. We would all like to come back and do another hike in the spring, maybe may/june 2013!!!! Can u let me know the best time for you and which weeks your free please. Thank you.
Author: Lyuben Grancharov
“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” (Augustine of Hippo). I enjoy filling up the page, called “Bulgaria”, both working as a guide and writing about the mountains of Bulgaria on this blog.